November 2018 neighborhood notes: Recent news and upcoming events from communities across South Austin

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Find recent community news, homeowners association updates, local developments and upcoming events happening in neighborhoods across the South Austin area.

1: Belterra

The Belterra community’s annual food drive began Nov. 1 and continues through Nov. 30. Donations are collected at the Belterra Recreation Center, 801 Belterra Drive, Austin, from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. In 2017 over 700 pounds of nonperishable food were donated during the event. Donations are collected for Dripping Springs Helping Hands, a local nonprofit.

2: Circle C Ranch

The Texas Department of Transportation opened the new diverging diamond intersection at the Slaughter Lane bridge over Mopac 1 on Nov. 11. Considered a long-term solution for the intersection, the design reduces the number of traffic signal changes necessary to get cars through the intersection and allows certain traffic to travel through the intersection without stopping. Loop 1 main lanes under the Slaughter bridge were completed earlier this fall.

The MoPac Intersections Project will also bring construction to the Loop 1 and La Crosse Avenue intersection in 2019. Permanent signage and traffic signals will be installed at Slaughter by early 2019.

3: City of Dripping Springs

New playground equipment for the Sports and Recreation Park was installed Nov. 1. The equipment, which was supposed to arrive by the end of July, was delayed as a result of a July 4 fire at a PlayCore Manufacturing Plant in Alabama, the city’s Parks and Community Services Director Mariana Espinoza said.

“The unit features a spiral tube slide, a lily pad spiral step climber, a talk tube and a standing log climber,” Espinoza said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper. “The custom hex roof and the versa bench provide shaded areas of play.”

3: City of Dripping Springs

The city’s annual Christmas on Mercer Street event takes place Dec. 1, offering arts and crafts booths, children’s activities, food, live entertainment and an opportunity to take pictures with Santa Claus. Dripping Springs’ annual tree lighting takes place at dusk in Veteran’s Park. The event is free to attend and runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Booths will be set up along Mercer Street in downtown Dripping Springs.

4: City of Sunset Valley

The city celebrated Texas Arbor Day on Nov. 2 with informational presentations and events at City Hall. Residents made “seed balls” with biodegradable paper and wildflower seeds to throw in city fields. City staff, including Parks and Natural Resource Manager Carolyn Meredith and Parks and Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Sam Cantu, gave a tour of trees that the city replanted as a result of its city facilities construction project and taught about native trees.

The city also distributed free trees to residents and offered snacks, refreshments and T-shirts at the event.

5: Palomino Park

The Randalls at the corner of Slaughter and Brodie lanes, 9911 Brodie Lane, Austin, was the most visited early voting location in Travis County. According to the county clerk’s office, 20,699 total people voted at the location, averaging 1,725 people per day in the 12-day period.

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Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Jackson Buchanan is the Senior Reporter for Southwest Austin. She covers local transportation, development, education, healthcare and Travis County Commissioners Court. She has a bachelor's and master's degree from The University of Texas and has been with Community Impact Newspaper since May 2018.
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